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Does anyone else remember the days and I'm only going back to the late 60s and early 70s when you had to put your name down for a house phone. I can remember my mother being on the waiting list around that time and having to wait about 12 months before she got one. I can't remember the exact cost but it was massive compared with most costs for other items, it was a save up job. As a child, in our road of about 20 houses only one house had one and every one would knock on the neighbours door to use it if it was absolutely a need and leave a tanner. I can remember when i bought my house in 1973 asking if they were leaving the phone, that was to save me having to pay to get reconnected. My earliest memory of a phone box was paying 4 old penny's and press button A if you got through or press button B if you didn't, to get your money back.


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Quite a lot of people had shared lines with their neighbour, that continued in some places until the late 80s I think.


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Ha "or press button B if you didn't, to get your money back"

Do you remember bunging up the money return chute with paper so that when someone pressed button B they received nowt - you got it later. Scally I woz when I was about 10.

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Phone lines where only available to companys and people of reputation at one time, i think i am correct in saying that it was only in the sixtys that anyone could go on the "list" for a phone !.

Although before the 60's i can say that the line rental in the 1930's was five pounds a year before calls, which was a couple of weeks wages !.

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Originally Posted by Snodvan
Bert

Ha "or press button B if you didn't, to get your money back"

Do you remember bunging up the money return chute with paper so that when someone pressed button B they received nowt - you got it later. Scally I woz when I was about 10.

Snod


I wasn't going to mention that bit Snod or about telling kids to dial xyz for the free listen to a record service.


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certainly remember all of it bert ,i used to be a gpo telephonist in the sixties those 4d coin boxes used to drive us crazy people would dial 0 for operator put money in (even though it was free to op.)then we couldnt hear them till they presses button b we were told to say please press the button b caller we cant hear you -total silence-then ended up having to explain it was on the side of the box ,people just werent user savvy in those days also remember my mother dialling the speaking clock which was automated and keeping on saying thanks ive got that time now then saying to me she just keeps on saying the time she wont answer ,me trying to explain it was just a machine

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In regards to old Pulse telephones i.e the ones which have bells inside and you turn the dial to dial a number actually doing the morse code (its not like morse code but its how i describe it) to call somebody still works today i.e. those taxi phones in tescos with just one button just tap the hangup button for example to call the talking clock press the hangup button 1 then 1 2 then 1 2 3 hey presto it works if your fast enough mind you.. But its good if you dont actually want to use the taxi phone to call the taxi firm advertised so little tip for people who wanna call a different taxi company happy


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For those who have no idea of what they're talking about, this is a press button A/B coin box:

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Some were still in use in the 1970s (this one actually takes 2p, 5p and 10p coins instead of 1d, 6d and 1/- coins)



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Excellent Upton, that certainly looks impregnable, i remember the flimsy boxes they replaced them with. In no time at all the GPO had to go and put reinforced bars around the cash box. In the days of the A B box more often than not there was a telephone directory on the shelf inside the telephone box and am i going mad or was there a little ash tray in there as well.


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No Bert you're not going mad! happy There was an ashtray in there.

The record call was called Dial a Disc and you dialled 161. They played the same song 24/7 for a week sleep I don't remember it as being free.

I was a Directories Enquiries operator in the 70's. It was the days before computers and we were all kitted out with a full set of directories exactly the same as people had in their homes but we had every one so covered the whole of the country.
Blimey - I suddenly feel very old

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No Softy,we use to tell kids xyz was a free record service but its actually 999 and they use to get a shock when they were asked what service they required.


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Yes there was an ash tray Bert. Rectangular chrome jobby with slots in the bottom. Just to the right of the actual phone.

When they came round with the new directory to the house, they also replaced the one in the box at the end of our road. The difference being that the phone box one had a nice hardback cover. I used to leg it down the road and a swop was very quickly made ! Naughty !

Can just remember the changeover from manual to dial phones. Prenton area changed from "Birkenhead" to "Mountwood". Had a "party line" for a couple of years".

There was an ivory button in a chrome surround on the centre backboard of the old (manual) boxes. You just pressed the button to call the Fire Brigade !!! What fun the scumbag-scrotes of today would have with that !

Softy Southerner beat me to it re: ashtray!!

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Number of red telephone boxes
The K6 was the most prolific kiosk in the UK and its growth, from 1935, can be seen from the BT archives:

1925 - 1,000 (K1 Only)
1930 - 8,000 (K2 & K3 added)
1935 - 19,000 (K6 introduced)
1940 - 35,000
1950 - 44,000
1960 - 65,000
1970 - 70,000 (K8 introduced in 1968)
1980 - 73,000

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Wasnt there a number 189 or 198 special service on the phone ?? i remember titting around with the phone box and dialing crazy combinations to see if i found free numbers etc.. I know about the 0800 891 - 899 (what ever 3 numbers here which access over seas shit) try 0800 891 585 for a test and be shocked smile


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We used to call the operator from a phone at the top of Thistleton Avenue in Claughton sorry Funny, its gone now, so has the one by Iris Avenue. We didn't really say anything, just laughed at them. I think we were about 8 or 9. I remember one day we were doing it and a police car drove past. We crapped ourselves because the operator had just that minute screamed she was calling the police!! We never did it again after that raftl



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